Jysk (corporately styled JYSK)(Danish: [ˈjysɡ̊], franchises in other countries operate under various names) is a Danish retail chain, selling household goods such as mattresses, furniture and interior décor. JYSK is the largest Danish retailer operating internationally, with 2,000 Jysk stores in 34 countries. The chain opens three new stores every week, somewhere in the world.
Jysk was founded by Lars Larsen, who opened the first store on Silkeborgvej in the Danish city Aarhus in 1979. The retail chain is still owned by Lars Larsen, who is one of the Denmark's richest people, although in some countries the chain operates on a franchise basis.
The company celebrated its 11th year in Canada by opening a store in London, Ontario. The Canadian chain's e-commerce store has been functional since September 20, 2007.
1979: On 2 April, the world's first Jysk Sengetøjslager opens in Aarhus, Denmark, where it still operates today
1980: The company's first advertising supplement is released.
1984: Jysk Sengetøjslager opens the first store outside the country - Dänisches Bettenlager in Germany.
1984: Jysk Franchise opens the first store in Greenland.
1986: Lars Larsen becomes partner of Himmerland Golf & Country Club.
1986: Jysk Franchise opens the first store in Faroe Islands.
1987: Jysk expands to Iceland and opens a store in Kópavogur.
1989: Jysk Sengetøjslager becomes main sponsor of the Danish Disabled Athletics Association and remains its main sponsor. Later Jysk also becomes the main sponsor for disabled sports associations in Norway and Sweden. Jysk also supports disabled sport in Canada, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, the Faroe Islands and Iceland
2010: Jysk is granted the title of Purveyor to Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark.
2010: Jysk’s staff magazine 'GO JYSK' wins several awards - as staff magazine 2010 in Denmark and as the second best staff magazine in Europe.
2011: Jysk launched its own TV-channel on www.jysk.tv.
2011: Lars Larsen was ranked as the 304th richest person in the world, in the American business magazine; Forbes, which calculates Lars Larsen's assets to $ 3.6 billion.
2013: With seven stores now in the UK; Mansfield, Lincoln, Blackburn, York, Bolton, Swadlincote and Coventry. Jysk will be opening a further three by the end of the year. Pontefract in August, with Bournemouth and Grantham set for September.[when?]